Welcome to St. John Nepomucene

St. John Nepomucene

7310 Squirrel Level Road

Dinwiddie, VA 23805

804-732-6385

OFFICE HOURS:

None

EMAIL:

stjohn@catholiccluster.com

Mass Schedule

WEEKDAYS:

Cancelled during COVID-19


WEEKENDS:

*Saturdays 4:00 P.M. (Parish Hall)

Worship Schedule

Holy Hour & Benediction:

Cancelled during COVID-19

Rosary:

Saturdays 3:45 P.M.

First Friday Adoration:

Cancelled during COVID-19

Reconciliation:

Cancelled during COVID-19

History of Saint John Nepomucene

Dinwiddie - 1907

Established in the late 1800's and early 1900's Land known as the Sacred Heart of Mary, this small Catholic community consisted of fifteen to eighteen families gathering in homes and celebrating Mass led by Monsignor O'Farrell, Pastor of Saint Joseph in Petersburg and occasionally by a Czech speaking priest from St. Wenceslaus parish in Baltimore.

The dream of having their own church became a reality in 1906 when Fr. Jan Konicek, the pastor of the Czech communities in Prince George, Dinwiddie and Chesterfield Counties received permission from the Diocese to build. By using donated materials, a modest wooden church was erected on three acres of land provided by the Piecek and Blaha families. This new church was named Saint John Nepomucene and was dedicated on May 16, 1907.

Saint John was the sister parish of Sacred Heart Church in New Bohemia and was served by resident Pastors for the Czech communities in the Petersburg area, later to include St. Ann in Chesterfield. The church also has a cemetery, believed to have been established in 1910, and remains to this day.

In 1931, under the pastorate of Fr. Leopold Stefl, the wooden church was replaced with a larger, brick structure, built by parishioners, with a seating capacity of 130. It stands today as it was built in 1931. Since part of the ethnic tradition of the Czech parishioners includes music and dancing, a social hall was built next to the church. In the Fall, when the hall was not used for social events, the local farmers were allowed to use it for the temporary storage of their peanut crop before it was sold and thus this first hall became known as “Peanut Hall”. In 1948, plans for a new, larger hall began. Completed in 1954, the building was of sturdy cinder block construction, with kitchen, a raised stage, and an expansive social hall. The name, “Peanut Hall” carried over to this building, with lively square dancing, the sounds of polka and big band music resounding on Saturday nights. Large crowds were drawn from near and far. With the funds raised from these public dances, the building debts were quickly paid off, and the building was further redesigned to establish classrooms for religious education.

In May 1977, after 70 years without a resident pastor of its own, Saint John was designated a parish of the Diocese by Bishop Walter F. Sullivan, the Eleventh Bishop of Richmond. In December 1978, the hall and land on which it stood was purchased by Chaparral Steel, and the proceeds were used for the construction of the modern brick parish hall that is in use today.

In August 2014, we joined Church of the Sacred Heart in Prince George County, and Saint James, the Greater in Hopewell, and became part of the Catholic Cluster Parishes sharing a pastor and staff.

Ways to Support the Parish

Online Giving - Text to Give - Checks - Gifts - Envelopes

We continue to be blessed in receiving your generous gifts through any method you choose to give and we thank you for your continued generosity that helps make St. John a vibrant parish!

Text to Give

St. John Nepomucene

(804) 259-0123

"GIVE"

Gifts - Checks

Make checks payable

to St. John and

mail them.

Envelopes

Contact parish

office to receive

weekly envelopes.

New Online Giving:

With this preferred method of Offertory Giving, your contributions are automatically withdrawn from your bank account & sent to St. John. This enables the parish to better estimate its income & ensures that your regular offering will not be missed under any special circumstance. This is a safe and secure way to continue supporting the parish through these difficult times when we cannot offer our gifts in person.

"As Christ has His work we too have ours; as He rejoiced to do His work, we must rejoice in ours also."

-St. John Nepomucene

Thank you for your continued support and generosity.

Prayer to St John Nepomucene

Almighty and merciful God, who brought your Martyr blessed John Nepomucene to overcome the torments of his passion, grant that we, who celebrate the day of his triumph, may remain invincible under your protection against the snares of the enemy. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Prayer

Ministries

Formation

For information about Christian Formation & sacraments contact Marissa Ayala at christianformation@catholiccluster.com or 804-895-7808 (leave message)

*Sacramental classes are held at Sacred Heart - Prince George*

Community

Location